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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 80    1965  page 81

Excavations at Eccles, 1964: Third Interim Report.
By A. P. Detsicas, M.A., F.S.A. Scot

Room 58 was reduced in thickness by cutting it back 6 inches and thus to the standard width of the baths, and the new south-east face of this wall was rendered with two superimposed coatings of opus signinumó one of these was applied immediately in order to make good the rough surface (Plate IIIB), and the second at the same time as the building of the floor of Rooms 61 and 63 with which it forms one unit. Next, the level of the floor was raised some 10 inches, by a packing of much rubble and mortar debris, and a new opus signinum floor was constructed; this floor, 3 inches thick close to the new north-west wall and 5 inches thick further away to the south-east, was carried across the whole area and below the north-west wall of Rooms 62 and 64. The partition walls between Rooms 61 and 63 and 63 and 65 were built before the final application of opus signinum making up the required thickness of the floor, as their tiles were bedded through the latter (Plate IVA); this final coating of opus signinum was the second layer applied to render the new north-west wall of Rooms 61 and 63. Lastly, the wall dividing the whole area, standard in thickness and construction, was built on top of the opus signinum floor.
   Room 61 (7 by 9 feet) is a small room heated by a hypocaust whose pilae had been removed in later reconstruction, though enough traces remained to show that the pilae were built of tiles of the same dimension (1 foot square); there was, however, no means of deducing the height of suspension of the floor.
   Room 63 (7 by 7 feet 6 inches), with the same type of hypocaust as Room 61, was divided from the latter by a slight partition wall, 1 foot thick, constructed of bonding-tiles set in bright yellow mortar and rendered with opus signinum (Plate IVA); this wall had three flues (1 foot wide) through it for the supply of heat for Room 61.
   Room 62 (6 by 10 feet) was entered through a door, some 3 feet in width, in its north-west wall but, owing to the poor state of preservation in this area, there were no signs of an entrance into Room 64 (6 by 11 feet 6 inches) through their partition wall. Both these rooms were floored with a compacted layer of hard bright yellow mortar and do not appear to have been heated. If they were hypocausted, then one would expect the same floor as in Rooms 61 and 63 to have been carried up to the north-west wall of Room 39; similarly, there should have been flues both in the north-west and north-east walls of Room 64. More conclusively, the doorway in the north-west wall of Room 62 and the floor of both rooms were built at a higher level than the under-floor in the hypocausted Rooms 61 and 63.
   Room 65 (7 by 8 feet 6 inches) was floored with the same opus signinum floor as Rooms 61 and 63 to a thickness of some 4 inches and was divided from Room 63 by a slight (1 foot) wall of bonding-tiles faced with opus signinum, which had a single flue (2 feet wide) through

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